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Magazine Spring 2012 

Northwestern State University of Louisiana 

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; life in the 1940s 

Dr. Randall J. Webb, 1965, 1966 

President, Northwestern State University 

Dear alumni, 

While serving as president of Northwestern 
State University, I have many opportunities to 
be humbled by the generosity of people who are 
associated with this special institution. It means so much to me and 
those who work here to know that people value what we do so highly 
that they are willing to make donations to support Northwestern State. 

I was reminded of this recently when the university hosted an 
event to announce that a record number of private scholarships will be 
awarded for the 2012-13 academic year. Because of the generosity of 
alumni and friends of Northwestern State over the past five years, we 
have more than doubled the number of scholarships awarded as well 
as the value of those scholarships. In that same period, the value of 
total scholarship funds from private sources is up by 143 percent. 

Private scholarships are so valuable to Northwestern State and 
its students. These scholarships help us attract outstanding students. 
They also allow students to lessen the amount they must borrow on 
a student loan and in some cases make it possible for a student to 
continue their education. 

Our students are grateful for the generosity of our alumni and 
friends. Many of them have expressed a willingness to "pay it forward" 
by becoming donors once they have graduated and start working. 

I have also enjoyed traveling around Louisiana and Texas to at- 
tend our annual recruiting receptions. Each event was well attended 
which is a strong indication we will have a strong enrollment next fall. 
The good attendance is another sign that many of you are talking to 
prospective students about Northwestern State and letting them know 
about the life-changing experiences you had when you were a stu- 

Thank you for all you do to support your alma mater. 

William Drake Owens, 2004. 2005 

Director of University Advancement 

My fellow alumni. 

Recently, I was posed the question, "How did 
your experience at Northwestern make you who 
you are today?" After some thought, I made a 
mental list that included my education, my career, my family and my 
friends, all aspects of my life that were affected by my decision to at- 
tend Northwestern State. 

So many of the prospective students that I visit are at a pivotal 
moment in making the decision where to attend college and our 
alumni play an important role in those students' perception of our 
university. Please do not pass up an opportunity to mentor a young 
person or suggest they explore what Northwestern State has to offer. 

I ask you, readers: How did your experience at Northwestern 
State make you who you are today? Are you willing to share how your 
college days impacted your life as much as it has mine? No one can 
tell the Northwestern State story better than those who experienced it 
for themselves. 

I thank you, our alumni, for your continued interest and support of 
Northwestern State University. 

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President Joseph B. Stamey. Natchitoches. 198.^ 

1st Vice President Tommy Chester. Natchitoches. 1964 

2nd Vice President Charles -Buddy" Wixxl. Man\. 1981 

Secretary -Treasurer Matt Bailey. Shrexeport. 2003 

I \eculi\e Director W. Drake Owens. 

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Mull Muiky Shreveport. 2003 

Icrry Brungart Natchitoches. 1969. 1971 

Monty Chicola Alexandria. 1979. |98(i 

Leonard Lndris Shreveport. 1974. 1975 

Ken (iuidry Natchitoches. 1972 

Hobby Hebert New Orleans. 1983 

Irey Hill Carencro. 1985 

Adrian Howard Bedford. TX. 1989 

Patricia Hrapmann New Orleans. 1973, 197s 

(iail Jones Natchez, 1981. 1998 

Malt Koury Lecssille. 1995 

\ngcla Lasyone Natchitoches. 1986 

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Carroll Long Long\iew. TX. 1970 

William L. Luckie Lutkin. TX. 200S 

l)a\id Morgan .Nuslin. TX. 1973 

Kip Patrick Washington. IK. 1995 

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Joseph W. Schellettc Shrevepon. 196^ 

(ilcnn lalben Shrexcport. 1964 

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Carlos Treadway North\ille. Ml. 199; 

Marti Vienne Natchitoches. 1982 

Ricky Walmsley Rogers. AR. 1985 

MikeWilbum Shreveport. 19"5 

Dr. Leonard Williams New Orleans, 1993 

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Cover; Clippings from student newspaper The Current Sauce from 1942 

Northwestern in the 1940s 

Alumna request yields recollection of student days on the home front 

From Alumni Columns reader 
Frances Jones Hennigan of Lake 
Charles, class of 1946: 

/ would like to read 
something about the years 
in the early 1940s when the 
Navy program was there. 
Do the students know we 
had very few boys those 
years, only sailors? There 
was no Christmas lighting. 
The football games had 
sailors playing. The band 
playing for dances was all 

"The Louisiana State Normal 
College entered the decade of the 
1940s with prospects of continued 
growth and progress. But, unfortu- 
nately, a global tragedy. World War 
II, dashed the expectations of the 
College," wrote Dr. Marietta LeBre- 
ton in Northwestern State University 
of Louisiana: 1884-1984, A History. 
"Instead of an increased enrollment, 
the State Normal saw most of her 
young men go to war, many of her 
young women choose either military 
service or war-related employment 
and some of her faculty serve in the 
armed forces. Several campus activi- 
ties, notably intercollegiate sports, 
were suspended temporarily dur- 
ing the conflict while maintenance 
of buildings was curtailed and new 
construction ceased. On the bright 
side. World War II provided the State 
Normal with several thousand new 
students naval cadets - who gave 
the college a military appearance and 
several new war-related programs. 

In 1944, Louisiana State Normal 
College became Northwestern State 
College of Louisiana by a popularly 
approved constitutional amendment. 
Although some of the alumni and 
friends of the college were saddened 
by the name change, others felt the 
word "normal" would be an obstacle 

Naval cadets raise the stars and stripes on the Northwestern State campus. 

to attract students in the post-war 

Along with the name change. 
Northwestern State expanded its 
offerings for careers outside of 
teaching and reorganized into three 
schools. Education, Arts and Scienc- 
es and Applied Arts and Sciences." 

"I started in the summer of 1943 
and finished in three years and three 
summers," said Hennigan, a native of 
Deridder. "When I started, it was dur- 
ing wartime and they did away with 
the Christmas parade. I've never 
seen it. There were 10 girls to every 
civilian boy and the soldiers would 

march to the lunchroom in cadence." 

Hennigan referred to the col- 
lege's participation in several naval 
programs. Before the entrance of the 
United States into World War II, the 
State Normal offered a pilot train- 
ing course under the direction of the 
Civil Aeronautics Authority. Within 
a year after America's involvement 
in the global conflict, practically 
every able-bodied young man on the 
Normal campus had entered military 
service. To counter the decrease 
in enrollment and to be of service 
to the military effort. President Joe 
Farrar offered the facilities of the 

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1940s conliniiL'i/ from page 1 

State Normal to the War and Navy departments as a site 
for training programs. Beginning in January 1943. the 
college established an agreement with the Navy to house, 
feed and teach naval cadets with the Navy Department 
paying all costs. The State Normal was one of 20 colleges 
in the nation and one of only two in the south to house a 
unit of the Naval Flight Preparatory School. 

Most of the men participating in the Naval Fight 
Preparatory School at Normal were sailors, marines and 
coast guardsmen with actual combat service but limited 
formal education. They took classes in math, physics, 
na\ igation. principles of flight, aerology, aircraft engines 
and communications that were taught by regular faculty, 
but separate from Normal's regular offerings. The Navy 

In the fall of 1942, the Swing Queens took the place of 
the Swing Kings who left school to join the country's 
armed forces. The all-girl band provided music at social 
functions. They were Marjorie Barre, sax; Jo Haworth, 
sax; Lucy Matthews, sax; Kathryn King, sax; Penelope 
Clark, leader and trumpet; Beth Caldwell, trombone; 
Betty Jean Kuhn, string bass; Barbara Graves, piano, 
and N/lildred Courtney, drums. 

provided books, supplies and uniforms and established a 
rigorous physical training program. Upon completion of 
their first solo flight, trainees were thrown into Chaplin's 
Lake by their buddies. The program was discontinued 
in 1944 and replaced with a Navy V-5 Refresher Unit, 
which prepared men to become officers in the United 
State Naval Reserve. Unlike the flight preparatory train- 
ees, these men received college credit and were permitted 
to engage in campus acti\ ities. including athletics, music, 
drama, debate and Saturday night dances. The Navy 
Academic Refresher unit was disbanded on college cam- 
puses in December 1945 after the surrender of .lapan. 
"The saiK)rs had been on acti\e duty before they 
came and some had been in some major ocean battles, 
like the Battle of Midway," llennigan recalled. "They 

left and went to Athens, Ga., for a flight program. Some 
of the sailors played on the football team. A big e\ent 
v\ as playing Louisiana Tech at the State Fair, but that was 
cut out during the war." One of Hennigan's roommates, 
Virginia Walker, married one of the sailors "and lived 
happily ever after." 

In 1943, the Potpourri held the school's first annual 
Beauty Ball, in which Betty Bell was named Miss Pot- 
pourri, along with Potpourri Beauties and 10 maids. 

Student life was very different, especially because of 
World War II. In addition to enforcing stringent rules of 
behavior, campus administrators urged students to donate 
at least six hours per week for participation in war work 
and activities to promote national defense. Stories in the 
Current Sauce and the Potpourri included well wishes for 
classmates who left school to serve in the amied forces. 

"I was a dietetics major and we had to work in the 
cafeteria a lot," she said. "We could get bananas and ham 
when nobody else could because food was rationed. On 
Sunday nights, we had lobster salad and Ritz crackers. 

"My first year, because of the war. we didn't ha\e 
a yearbook; we had a leaflet. We had dances, but there 
were so few boys that the girls w ould just dance with 
each other," Hennigan continued. "There were no boys 
for the band either and we had an all-girl band called the 
Sw ing Queens. 

"We had a lot of restrictions. We had to be in the 
dorms by 6:30 unless we went to the librar\' and then we 
could stay out till S:30. If we wanted to go to town, we 
had to sign out. Friday and Saturda\ nights, we could 
sign out and go to the show. Boys and girls were not sup- 
posed to hold hands. The main donnilon. for bo> s was 
the Brick Shack. Vamado Hall was the new girls dorm 
and \(ni really felt great if \ou got in there. It was mostly 
for junior and senior girls, but I got in as a sophomore." 

llennigan recalled a memorable winter snow. acti\e 
campus groups like the Young Women's Christian Asso- 
ciation and teachers who made a lasting impression. 

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After an absence of two years from the calendar, a streannlined program of forensics was carried out during 1944-45. 
Fifteen students completed with the Forensics Club at the Mid-South Tournament in Conway, Ark., and the Louisiana 
Speech Tournament held on the Northwestern State campus. Club members were, from row from left, Mary Evelyn 
Durden, Eloise Richmond, Maxine Frye and Bessie Joe Duncan. On the back row are William Good, USN; Joseph 
Machen, USN; Charles Haley, USN; August Pistilli, USN, and James Ginnett. 

"Dr. Webb's father, Joe W. Webb, was 
my chemistry teacher," she said. She re- 
membered Dr. John Kyser, took home eco- 
nomics under Ruby Dunkelman and worked 
in the Hbrary where Eugene P. Watson was 
her supervisor. After graduation, Hennigan 
taught at Merryvilie High School and at 
Hyatt High School before moving to Lake 

In 1944, after a one-season lapse, the 
Northwestern State Demon football team 
reentered college athletics. With few expe- 
rienced players on the roster, Head Coach 
Harry "Rags" Turpin formed the nucleus 

of his team fi^om the V-5 Refresher Unit, 
rounding out the squad with 13 civilians. 
The season was deemed a success, if only 
because it marked the reactivation of sports 
that had been idle on the campus since the 
fall of 1942. 

By 1 946, Northwestern State welcomed 
the return of civilian men to campus, and 
the return of track and rushing fraternities, 
according to the Potpourri, "in the year that 
saw a renaissance of collegiate life and spirit 
on the campus after the low ebb during the 
war years." 

Frances Jones Hennigan, 
Class of 1946 

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Nursing professor/ researcher earns Episteme Award 

Dr. Kathleen R. Stevens, a 

Northwestern State University 
alumna and a professor in the School 
of Nursing at the University of Texas 
Health Science Center in San Anto- 
nio, received the Episteme Award, 
one of nursing's most prestigious 
research honors. Stevens received 
the honor during Sigma Theta Tau 
International's 41" biennial conven- 
tion. STTI is the international honor 
society of nursing. 

In connection with being named 
an Episteme Laureate, Stevens will 
be inducted into the International 
Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame in 
July 2012 at the society's 23rd Inter- 
national Nursing Research Congress 
in Australia. 

The Baxter International Founda- 
tion's Episteme Award acknowledges 
a major breakthrough in the develop- 
ment of nursing knowledge that has 
resulted in a significant and recogniz- 
able benefit to the public. Episteme is 
the Greek word lor knowledge. 

Stevens, Ed.D., RN, ANEF, 
FAAN, earned her undergradu- 
ate nursing degree with honors at 
Northwestern State in 1969 and was 
president of the Student Nurses Asso- 
ciation. She earned a master's degree 

in maternal child health at Texas 
Woman's University and doctor of 
education in education administra- 
tion/health research at the University 
of Houston/Baylor College. She 
completed post-doctoral work in 
informatics at the University of Utah. 

"My achievements in my pro- 
fession definitely were fed by good 
roots developed at Northwestern 
State College of Nursing," Stevens 
said. "I am proud to be a Northwest- 
ern State nurse." 

She is director of the Academic 
Center for Evidence-Based Practice 
(ACE), a School of Nursing center of 
excellence that she founded in 2000. 
Through ACE, Stevens improves 
patient care by her etTorts to build a 
workforce and work environments 
that move research quickly into high- 
quality care. 

"Bridging scientific results to 
bedside care involves hardwiring 
new knowledge into care delivery, 
stimulating clinicians to innovate, 
evaluate and adopt changes, and em- 
bracing patient and family preferenc- 
es. In short, the goal is to find what 
research has shown to work best and 
put it into play for better outcomes," 
Stevens said. 

Dr. Kathleen Stevens 

"The Episteme Award 
is a tremendous honor. It is 
the capstone of my career in 
nursing. I stand tall because I 
stand on the shoulders of the 
mentors and colleagues who 
came before me, as well as with 
those who are working now to 
improve patient care. " 

Brumley pens book on education leadership and service 

Dr. Cade Brumley. a graduate 
of Northwestern State University 
and assistant superintendent of 
^ DeSoto Parish schools, has writ- 

^ ten a book entitled Leadership 

Standards in Action: The School 
Principal a Servant-Leader 
"While America's classroom teachers are where the 
rubber meets the road for indiv idual students, our school 
principals play the most important role in whole-school 
etTectiveness," Brumley said. "When I see principals 
w ith the appropriate school leadership characteristics, 1 
also see schools doing well despite their challenges and 

Leadership Standards /or Action: The School Prin- 
cipal as Servant-Leader is a resource for aspiring princi- 
pals, practicing principals, district leadership and univer- 
sity facult). llavMig been a principal, Brumlev views the 
position as a moral obligation to fulfill. 

"The book promotes a continually-appropriate refomi 
model while holding true to fundamental tenets of our 
traditional approach to American schooling." Brumley 
said. "1 think it is a fair balance between liberal and con- 
servative ideas about the future of our education system." 

A 2002 Northwestern State graduate. Brumley serves 
as an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern State and 
LSU-Shreveport w ithin their graduate schools of educa- 
tional leadership. Previouslv. Brumley served as principal 
of Converse High School ni Sabine Parish. He holds 
a bachelor's degree in health and human perfomiance 
education from Northwestern State, a master's of educa- 
tion in school administration Worn I SU-Shreveport. and a 
doctorate of education in leadership from Stephen K. Aus- 
tin State University. He is also available as a leadership 
consultant. For more information, v isit hriimlcyconsult- or e-mail cadcbriimlcy « hriimlcv consulting, 

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Townsend Scholarship acknowledges family's long history with NSU 

Alton Townsend of Natchitoches estabhshed a 
scholarship at Northwestern State University to honor the 
memory of his wife, Dorothy Sledge Townsend, and his 
son, Alton Townsend Jr. The scholarship will be awarded 
to a full-time student from Red River Parish or Natchi- 
toches Parish pursuing an undergraduate degree in either 
education or business. Townsend established the scholar- 
ship because he "wanted to do something to honor my 
deceased wife and son's memory." 

The scholarship was initiated in conjunction with 
Townsend's 90* birthday celebration in August 201 1 . 

A native of Coushatta, Townsend enrolled at Normal 
in 1939 and played tackle on the football team until 1941 
when he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and trained to 
be a pilot. His plane was shot down during a combat 
mission in 1943 and he was detained as a prisoner of war 
until 1944. 

Townsend's professional career included teaching 
and coaching at schools in Red River Parish, working as 
a county agent and serving as media specialist for Red 
River Parish School Board. 

Townsend's wife, Dorothy Sledge "Dot" Townsend, 
also from Red River Parish, attended Normal beginning 
in 1939 and was a home economics teacher in Red River, 
Grant and Bienville parishes. Mrs. Townsend died in 
1958 at age 35, leaving her husband and three young chil- 

Alton Townsend Jr. graduated from Northwestern 
State in 1966 with a double major in accounting and busi- 
ness administration. After serving in the United States 

Brenda Webb, Northwestern State's first lady; 

Alton Townsend, Director of University Advancement 

Drake Owens and Jill Bankston, associate 

director of Development 

Army and completing an assignment in Vietnam, he had 
a successful career in business. Alton Townsend Jr. died 
of pancreatic cancer in January 1999. 

Northwestern State has impacted many others in 
the Townsend family, including Alton Townsend Sr.'s 
children and grandchildren who earned degrees from the 

Townsend encourages other "who have been favor- 
ably influenced by Northwestern State to contribute to 
promoting higher education and the financial stability of 
an important institution in appreciation for its contribu- 
tions to our community in its past, present and future." 

For more infonnation, contact Director of University 
Advancement Drake Owens at (318) 357-4414. 

Air Force Medical Service Corps bestows service honor on Mammano 

Lieutenant Colonel John "Mam- 
bo" Mammano, PhD, MBA, 
CFAAMA (1993) was selected by the 
Air Force as the 2010 Brigadier Gen- 
eral Patricia C. Lewis Commitment 
to Service Medical Service Corps 
Field Grade Officer of the Year. The 
purpose of the award is to recognize 
sustained outstanding service by an 
Air Force Medical Service Corps 
Field Grade officer that has sus- 
tained superior performance and has 
made significant contributions to the 
service of patients, staff, and mission 
of organizations assigned and be a 
recognized leader among one's peers. 

Lt. Col. Mammano currently 
serves as the Commander of the 
88th Medical Support Squadron, 
Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. In this 

role, he defines resource and facil- 
ity requirements to support 57,000 
DoD beneficiaries. He leads a 
449-member squadron that manages 
all medical support functions includ- 
ing a $245 million annual budget, 99 
War Reserve Material projects worth 
$15 million, a $28 million TRIG ARE 
program, $373 million in equipment, 
contracts and facilities, and a medi- 
cal campus with eight buildings. His 
squadron provides support for over 
277,000 outpatient visits per year. 

Lt. Col. Mammano has served at 
the base, major command, and Head- 
quarters USAF levels in a variety of 
healthcare leadership positions. He 
also supported Operation Iraqi Free- 
dom by deploying to Balad Air Base, 
Iraq, where he served as the adminis- 

trator for the Air Force Theater Hos- 

His wife Mimi Mammano, MBA 
(1994) is the campus director for 
Park University Wright Patterson 
Campus. In this role, she plans, 
directs and coordinates research, 
instruction, student administration 
and services, and other educational 
activities for Park University. She 
participates in faculty and college 
committee activities, represents Park 
University at community and cam- 
pus events, in meetings with other 
institution personnel, and during 
accreditation processes. She plans, 
administers and controls the campus 
budget, maintains financial records, 
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C^ Rodney Jordan ( 1 973) com- 
pleted his second novel, Song of the 
Cantor, which is set primarily on the 
Northwestern State campus in the 
early 1950s. 

"It is somewhat of a suspense/ 
thriller." said .lordan. who hopes to 
have the book published soon. 

v^ Gail Sweeney Stephenson 

! 976) was 
installed as 
president of 
the Baton 
Rouge Bar 
tion on Jan. 
12. Ste- 
u ho earned 
a J.D. from 
the LSU 

Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 1984. 
is the director of Legal Analysis & 
Writing and an associate professor 
of law at Southern University Law 
Center. She is married to Joe Ste- 
phenson (1975). 

w Gail Odette was awarded the 
Jane French Manship Endowed 
Professorship in English, one of the 
highest honors Baton Rouge Com- 
munity College presents to faculty to 
recognize exemplary teaching, schol- 
arship and service to the college. 
Professorships are used to broaden 
teaching and professional develop- 
ment opportunities for distinguished 

Odette is chair of four depart- 
ments at BRCC that include philoso- 
phy, English, education and reading. 
She supervises about 70 faculty 
members who stafT228 sections of 

A native of Sedalia. Mo.. Odcllc 
earned a master's degree in English 
with an emphasis in folklore and 
Southern literature and culture from 
Northwestern State and pursued doc- 
toral work at the University of Loui- 

siana at Lafayette until an instructor 
position became available at BRCC. 
The Jane French Manship Endowed 
Professorship was established in 
2005. The monetary portion of the 
professorship will be used to supple- 
ment Odette's salary and assist with 
research projects. 

w Baton Rouge Business Report 
listed Scott Andrews (1992) among 
the Forty Under Forty 201 1. a list 
that salutes the fastest rising stars 
in business, community and charity 
activities in the capital region. More 
than 180 individuals were nominated 
with prominent members of the 
business community involved in the 
selection process. 

Andrews, 39, is a personal injury 
attorney with Due, Price, Guidry, 
Piedrahita & Andrews of Baton 
Rouge. His cases typically involve 
clients who are hurt in major ac- 
cidents or sutTer complex sports 

A native of Jackson Parish. 
Andrews graduated from Northwest- 
em State with a degree in political 
science, completing his undergradu- 
ate studies in three years. He worked 
for one year at the OtTice of Group 
Benefits, where he helped create its 
PPO network, before enrolling at the 
LSU's Paul M. Hebert Law Center. 
He quickly rose to the tops of his 
class and was otTered a lucrative 
clerkship during his second year, but 
turned down the opportunity to work 
for a local plaintiff attorney. The 
firm hired him before he finished lau 
school. With nearly 20 years experi- 
ence, he is the > oungest partner at his 
firm and runs most of the day-to-day 
administrative duties. 

O ( aptain Ron Knott (1960) of 
luilcss. Texas, compiled stories of 
Navy and Marine fighter pilots into 
a collection entitled Supersonic 
Cowhovs. a book filled with heroic 
accounts of aviation ventures. 

"Old NSC instilled a lot of "can 
do" in me that has allowed me to 
venture into many difTerent fields 
of endea\or at the same lime. Fl>- 
ing was my profession, but at the 
same time I was developing land and 
building homes, worked in oil and 
gas production, had an auto dealer- 
ship and wrote a few books. NSC 
taught me the value of time and not 
to be inefficient with the amount of 
time God has gi\ en us." 

"After paying all of my parking 
fines, my twin brother Roland and 
I graduated from NSC in 1960 with 
B.S. degrees. We both were in the 
Phi Kappa fraternity. 1 then entered 
the Navy Flight Program in Pen- 
sacola. Fla.. and flew fighters in the 
active Navy and Navy Reserves for 
more than 13 years. I flew for Delta 
Airlines for more than 30 years and 
retired as a Boeing 767 captain in 
1997," he said. 

In addition to Supersonic Cow- 
hoys, which is available for Kindle 
e-book. Knott has published a group 
of individual fighter pilot short sto- 
ries on eBook and has penned several 
Christian books. a\ailable on Ama- 

"NSC and a good family instilled 
the dri\ e in me and it has been a 
wonderful trip." he said. 

® Dr. \\ illie Hey (1987) gave the 
keynote scholar lecture at the South- 
ern District American Alliance for 
Health. Plnsical Education. Recre- 
ation and Dance (AAHPERD) con- 
ference in Orlando. Fla.. in February 
after recei\ ing the Southern District 
Scholar Award in 201 1, fhe lecture is 
presented by the award recipient and 
recognizes senior level scholars w ho 
ha\e made and continue to make sig- 
nificant contributions to the profes- 
sion through research and scholarly 
acti\ity. Hey earned his M.F'd. in 
physical education from Northwest- 
ern State. 

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Please mark your calendars 
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During his career Hey has accu- 
mulated over 80 conference presenta- 
tions and more than 50 peer reviewed 
publications at state, district, national 
and international levels. He has 
also taught over 30 different HPER 
related undergraduate and graduate 
courses during his career and is cur- 
rently a tenured professor within the 
Department of Kinesiology, Recre- 
ation & Sport at Western Kentucky 

Hey has served on the boards of 
directors for the Mississippi AAH- 
PERD, the Alabama State AHPERD, 
the Southern District AAHPERD 
and the AAHE and participated on 
numerous professional organization 
committees. He was recognized as 
the Health Educator of the Year by 
the Mississippi AHPERD, the Ala- 
bama State AHPERD, the Southern 
District AAHPERD, and the Ameri- 
can Association for Health Educa- 
tion. In addition he was recognized 

March 1 5 New Orleans - ACME Oyster House, 3000 Veterans 
Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 6-8 p.m. 

22 Shreveport - Savoie's, 2441 East 70"^ St., 6-8 p.m. 

24 Fort Worth - "Louisiana Saturday Night," Esparanza's, 
1601 Park Place, 6-9 p.m. 

29 Alexandria - Tunk's Cypress Inn, 9507 La. Hwy. 28 West, 
6-8 p.m. 

April 14 Dallas - Hosted by Jill Cantrell Morrison, 8250 Boedeker Dr., 
4-6 p.m. 

19 Lafayette - City Bar Downtown, 324 Jefferson, 6-8 p.m. 

with the Health Promotion Medal of 
Excellence Award from the CDC/ 
Directors of Health Promotion and 
Education and received the Honor 
Award from both the Alabama State 
AHPERD and the Southern District 

w Angela Guillory (1984) received 

the Sue 
Kraft Dis- 
from the 
of Fraterni- 

for exhibiting high professional stan- 
dards and achievement in fraternity/ 
sorority advising and contributing to 
the betterment of the fraternal move- 
ment. Guillory is the assistant dean 
of students and director of Greek life 

at LSU. She earned a bachelor's de- 
gree in psychology and a master's in 
higher education administration from 
Northwestern State. 

Guillory has been at LSU for nine 
years. She previously worked at Tu- 
lane University and the University of 
Arkansas and was a consultant. Guil- 
lory is a former national president of 
her sorority, Sigma Kappa. 

The Sue Craft Distinguished 
Service Award is one of the top 
awards a fraternity/sorority advisor 
can receive. The award recognizes 
individuals who have exhibited high 
professional standards and achieve- 
ments in fraternity/sorority advising 
and outstanding achievements in 
one or more of the following areas: 
service to AFA; programming and/ 
or service, which reaches beyond the 
recipient's campus; development and 
research activities; and/or service to 
the college and fraternity/sorority 

College seeking nominations for Hall of Distinguished Educators 

■^Northwestern State University's College of Education and Human Development Alumni Advisory 
Board is seeking nominations for its Hall of Distinguished Educators for 2012. Nominees must have 
graduated from NSU's College of Education at least 30 years prior to nomination. Inductees are annu- 
ally recognized during Homecoming festivities and honored with a brunch and induction ceremony at 
the Teacher Education Center on Oct. 15. 

Anyone who would like to nominate an outstanding College of Education alumnus who has had a distin- 
guished career in education should send the nominee's resume and other documentation outlining the reason for 
the nomination to NSU College of Education and Human Development, c/o Janet Broadway, Northwestern State 
University, Natchitoches, LA 71497. 

Additional information is available by calling Broadway at (318) 357-6278 ore-mailing broadwayj(^ 

Alumni Columns Spring 2012/ 7 

Campus News 


web page highlights historic 
people, places, events 

Northwestern State University cre- 
ated a website to recognize some of the 
people, places and things that make the 
university special. 

The website at traditions.nsula. 
edu features members of the NSU Hall 
of Distinction, the Long Purple Line, and 
highlights campus historic monuments 
and markers. Additional elements will be 
added to the site in the coming months. 

"As a university with a strong con- 
nection to its past, traditions provides 
a window onto the people, events and 
places that have defined Northwestern 
over the past 125 years," said North- 
western State President Dr. Randall J. 

The NSU Hall of Distinction, the 
Long Purple Line, started in 1990. The 
Long Purple Line provides recogni- 
tion and appreciation to former North- 
western State students whose career 
accomplishments or service to their 
fellow man enhanced NSU. The Long 
Purple Line is the most prominent honor 
bestowed by Northwestern State on its 
alumni. Out of more than 75,000 North- 
western alumni, only 104 people have 
been chosen for this honor. 

Historic monuments and markers 
located throughout the campus rec- 
ognize events including Northwestern 
State's 100"' anniversary, the history 
of Natchitoches and honoring Vietnam 
War prisoners of war and those missing 
in action. 

"Traditions will continue to evolve 
as more alumni are recognized, new 
stories are collected, and what makes 
our university special in so many ways 
are documented on the website," said 
Tommy Whitehead, professor emeritus 
of journalism, who helped develop the 

The university created a Facebook 
page for the site. Northwestern State 
alumni are encouraged to share their 
memories of university traditions on the 
Facebook page or through the contact 
us link on the traditions website. 

Kathleen and Dr. Stan Chadick with Dr. Edward and Marsha Graham 

Professors Emeritus recognized 

Dr. Stan Chadick and Dr. Edw ard Graham, described as "wonder- 
ful teachers, exceptional researchers and excellent administrators" 
were designated Professors Emeritus of Northwestern State Univer- 
sity. The two were recognized for their leadership and accomplish- 
ments in and out of the classroom in an event attended by current and 
retired colleagues, faculty and administration representing all areas of 
the university, as well as former students. 

Chadick joined the faculty at Northwestern State in 1969 and 
retired as a professor of mathematics in 2005. He was the first direc- 
tor of the Louisiana Scholars' College from 1986-87 and was the first 
curriculum coordinator for the Louisiana School for Math, Science 
and the Arts from 1983-85. 

In thanking administrators for the honor, Chadick described two 
moments of clarity in his life, one in which he realized as a teenager 
he wanted to attend college and another as a graduate assistant w hen 
he realized he wanted to teach. 

"1 had a job that 1 absoluteK kned." Chadick said, also acknowl- 
edging his wife Kathleen, w ith whom he worked as a team through- 
out his career, implementing math and other programs at public 
schools throughout the state. 

NSU President Randal .1. Webb praised Graham's leadership in 
serving as dean four times, described many of his administratis e ac- 
complishments and designated Ciraham as Dean Emeritus. 

Graham joined the Northwestern State facult\ as chairman of the 
Depailnient of Chemistiy and Physics in 1974 and thrtuighout his 
tenure at Northwestern State served as dean of the College of Science 
and Technology, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, dean of 
Graduate Studies and Research, dean of Instruction. \ice president 
for Academic AlTairs and faculty senate president. He retired in June 

During his years as an administrator. Graham de\elopcd a means 
for e\aluating teacher performance at the uni\ersit\ and noted that 
Chadick was a perennial top performer. 

"1 la\ ing taught other places, w c ha\ e some of the finest faculty 
and tincsl students here at Northwestern State." said Graham, describ- 
ing his position as dean of .Arts and Sciences as the most en|o\able 
for the variety of disciplines. "1 accomplished what I did because I 
hatl excellent colleaiiues." 

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50-year faculty recognition 

3J i^ 

Members of the 

Class of 1962 

are invited to participate in the 

Golden Jubilee 

Friday, May 4-Saturday, May 5 

in commemoration of the 

50'^ anniversary 

of their graduation. 

For more information, contact 
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Project Win-Win awards degrees 

Betty West Harper of DeRidder was pleasantly 
surprised to learn that she had earned an associate degree 
from Northwestern State University, despite not having 
attended school in decades. Harper was awarded an as- 
sociate degree in general studies through Project Win- 
Win, a program that checks the records of students who 
left school after earning 60 or more hours. Northwestern 
State is one of three University of Louisiana System 
institutions taking part in Project Win-Win, a subset of 
the national Access to Success Initiative led jointly by the 
National Association of System Heads and The Educa- 
tion Trust. McNeese State University and Nicholls State 
University are also part of the program. 

"I received a letter from Northwestern asking if I 
would give them permission to audit my courses," Harper 
said. "Fve wanted that piece of paper a long time." 

In Project Win-Win. universities check the records 
of students to determine if the former student enrolled 
at another college or university or received a degree 
elsewhere. If not. they prepare a final transcript analysis 
to see if the student is eligible to receive an associate 
degree. Northwestern State officials found approximately 
1,000 students who may be eligible for an associate de- 
gree. Nearly 500 students are lacking a small number of 
hours to receive a degree. 

A native of Sabine Parish, Harper is a retired nurse, 
who completed a three-year nursing program at the 
Mather School of Nursing, operated for many years at 
Southern Baptist Hospital in New Orleans, where stu- 
dents took science and other courses at Tulane University. 
The year after she graduated, Tulane began awarding 
credit to those students. BSN programs were not as com- 

Betty West Harper 

mon in the 1950s and 1960s 
and not necessary to become 
a nurse. 

Harper was a registered 
nurse for more than 40 years. 
Her family lived in Natchi- 
toches from 1963-66 while 
her first husband earned a 
degree in education and ac- 
counting at Northwestern 
State while Harper worked at Natchitoches Parish Hos- 
pital. She later took classes at Nicholls State University 
in the 1970s and at Northwestern State's Leesville-Fort 
Polk campus in the 1980s. In the early 1980s, she began 
work at Paul C. Phelps Correctional Center in DeQuincy. 
The daily commute and her work schedule made taking 
classes difficult. 

"Now that Tve retired, it won't mean much in my 
career, but it's nice to have a college diploma," said 
Harper, who is active in ministry work in Honduras, trav- 
elling there at least twice a year. She is also active in her 
church. Diamond Baptist, and volunteers at God's Food 
Bank in DeRidder. 

"One if the main purposes of this program is to give 
students an incentive to return and finish their bachelor's 
degree," said Northwestern State Registrar Lillie Frazier 
Bell. "When students learn they have earned an associate 
degree, it often gives them incentive to return to school 
and get a bachelor's degree." 

For more information on Project Win-Win at North- 
western, contact the NSU Registrar's Office at (318) 

Alumni Columns Spring 2012/ 9 

Campus News 

Making an Impact 

Through service, academics and athleticism, Yaser Elqutub shines 

After introducing Kelly Clark- 
son to an appreciative throng in 
Jackson Square in New Orleans 
at the sixth annual Allstate Sugar 
Bowl Fan Fest, he hung out with 
Hcisman Trophy winner Robert 
Griftin HI for the second time in a 

He winked at ESPN's Erin 
Andrews during a live interview 
during the Home Depot College 
Football Awards Show. That was 
two days after he hobnobbed with 
Archie Manning, Dallas Cow- 
boys owner Jerry Jones, former 
U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert 
Gates and many of college foot- 
ball's elite figures in New York 
City, as an honored guest. 

You'd have to say Yaser 
Elqutub has quite the collection 
of photos on his Facebook page 
to share. But perhaps his favor- 
ite memory of an incredible few 
weeks wrapping up his under- 
graduate career at Northwestern 
State University came at fall com- 

As he received his Louisiana 
Scholars' College degree as a 
magna cum laude graduate, the 
highly-decorated Flqutub added 
another award to his collection, 
as an unprecedented recipient of 
an "Nth Degree" from university 
President Dr. Randy Webb. 
The Nth Degree is gi\en by 
Northwestern in recognition of 
unselfish devotion to duty and the 
willingness to go the extra mile in 
meritorious service to mankind. 
It had never been presented at 
commencement to a graduating 

"It's appropriate that we set 
a precedent by presenting Yaser 

Yaser Elqutub introduced entertainer Kelly Clarkson during the sixth annual 
AllState Sugar Bowl Fan Fest in the New Orleans French Quarter. 

with an Nth Degree," said Webb. 
"Yaser has demonstrated class 
and distinction as he has brought 
such great credit from all around 

ser\'ice and leadership. He was 
also named a second-team Capital 
One Academic All-America selec- 
tion, another honor he cherishes. 

the nation to Northwestern, and he partly because he also shares that 

has served his fellow students and 
this community in a selfless and 
ceaseless manner." 

He was the only college 
football student-athlete in 201 1 to 
receive one of 16 National Foot- 
ball Foundation National Scholar- 
Athlete Awards and to make the 
22-man Allstate AFCA Good 
Works Team. He was elected by 
fan vote to be the captain of the 
Good Works Team and led the 
squad to as it was recognized at 
halftime of the Jan. 3 Allstate 
Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. 

In the first full week of De- 
cember, lilqutub was an hon- 
ored guest at the NFF's black-tie 
Awards Dinner al the Waldorf 
Astoria in New York City, then 
f1cu to Orlando where he was 
introduced on I-SPN as the cap- 
tain of the Good Works Team, a 
22-member squad chosen annu- 
ally for remarkable community 

w ith teammate and classmate 
Justin Aldredge. a first-team Aca- 
demic All-America recipient - the 
first time any two college football 
players from the same Louisiana 
institution ha\ e won those honors 
in the same year. 

Elqutub was chosen for the 
Good Works Team captaincy by 
fans who voted on 
o\ er several weeks following the 
announcement of the team roster 
in late September. Allstate Insur- 
ance Company and the American 
Football Coaches Association, 
which initiated the Good Works 
Team program 20 }ears ago, 
partnered last year with ESPN to 
expand promotion of the Good 
Works Team by election of a team 
captain. I'lqutub's far-reaching 
communiiv ser\ ice acti\ ities last 
year won him the 2010-1 1 South- 

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As team captain of the All State Good Works Team, Elqutub, center, and 15 other outstanding student athletes were 
recognized during halftime of the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Jan. 3. 

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land Conference Steve McCarty 

Citizenship Award. 

With ambitions of making an 
NFL team not sidetracking his 
uhimate goal of medical school, 
winning a National Scholar- 
Athlete Award was particularly 
significant. Elqutub received an 
$18,000 postgraduate scholarship 
at the National Football Founda- 
tion's Annual Awards Dinner in 
New York City. He also earned a 
$5,000 grant to the Johnnie Em- 
mons Academic Study Center for 
student-athletes at NSU. 

Elqutub was a two-year start- 
ing linebacker for the Demons 
after beginning his career as a 
walk-on. He finished with 121 
career tackles and was elected a 
permanent team captain by his 

Among Elqutub's community 
service activities, he has mentored 
youth through the Natchitoches 
Parish Sheriffs Office's Fami- 
lies in Need of Services (FINS) 

program, and planned a series of 
campus events last April to benefit 
Samaritan's Feet, an international 
organization that provides shoes 
and feet washings for children in 
third world countries. Members of 
the Sheriff's Office attended his 
graduation ceremonies. 

Elqutub has volunteered at 
local medical facilities to gain 
experience while helping others. 
He is the two-term president of 
the NSU Student-Athlete Advi- 
sory Committee, and the South- 
land Conference SAAC, attending 
the last two NCAA Conventions 
to represent his peers around the 

He was recently honored as 
the Central Louisiana Sportsman 
of the Year by the Alexandria 
Daily Town Talk newspaper. 
He has participated in events such 
as Alzheimer's Awareness Walk, 
the Green NSU City-wide Clean 
Up, the March of Dimes Fundrais- 
er, Doves Spring Clothes Drive, 

and has been active with the Boys 
and Girls Club of El Camino 
Real and Operation Support Our 
Troops. Elqutub has visited area 
schools, contributed to a letter 
writing campaign supporting St. 
Jude Children's Hospital. 

He served on the 2010-11 
NCAA Certification Committee 
as a member of the Commitment 
to Equity subcommittee. Elqutub 
was the featured speaker at the 
201 1 DARE Team Summit, co- 
grand marshal (with Aldredge) 
of the 85"" Annual Natchitoches 
Christmas Festival Junior Parade, 
and was the featured speaker at 
the 2010 NSU Freshman Convo- 

Elqutub was voted by his 
fellow students as the 2010 NSU 
Homecoming King. He estab- 
lished the Demon Dodgeball club 
and spearheaded it becoming a 
university club sport. 

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Foundation News 


At left, Kirk Allen of Haynesville, a Northwestern State sophomore majoring in industrial engineering technology, and 
at right, Emily O'Glee, a senior at Haughton High School are the first recipients of two scholarships funded through 
the Mary Rives Gallaspy estate. O'Glee. who was accompanied by her mother Brandy, will pursue a degree in 
mathematics next year. NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb presented the awards. 

Northwestern State awarding unprecedented number of scholarships 

Northwestern State University President Dr. Randall 
J. Webb announced the availability of an unprecedented 
number of new scholarships for current and incoming stu- 
dents during a media event in January. Thanks to recent 
major gifts to the university, the number of scholarships 
Northwestern State can award has risen 1 25 percent over 
the past five years and the value of those scholarships has 
increased more than 100 percent. 

Northwestern State benefits from significant growth 
in the overall creation of privately ftmded scholarships, 
with the value of total scholarship funds from private 
sources rising o\er 143 percent over the past five years. 
Northwestern Stale can now award the largest number 
and greater value of privately funded scholarships in the 
history of the school, Webb said. 

■'Students who can obtain funding through TOPS and 
privately funded scholarships w ill make a tremendous 
difference," Webb said, citing the bequest of the late 
Mary Rives Gallaspy as one of the most significant gifts. 
"This highly generous gift has been transformational." 

Gallaspy, a 1946 graduate of Northwestern State 
College, was a teacher and businesswoman from DeSoto 
Parish whose bequest included a monetary gift, as well as 

property located in the Haynes\ ille Shale. 

"Because of the increase in the number of scholar- 
ships over the past five years, we are helping more than 
twice the students that we ha\e in the past." said Drake 
Owens, executive director of the Northwestern State 

"We want to take care of our students, our incoming 
and continuing students. These funds \\ ill help tremen- 
dously with retention and recruiting iniliali\es." said Dr 
Chris Maggio. dean of students. "We encourage prospec- 
tive students to appK for admission and then apply for 
scholarships early." 

High school juniors w ho applied for enrollment 
should apply for Northwestern State Foundation/Leader- 
ship and alumni scholarships as soon as possible. For 
more information, \ isit and click on 
the Additional Scholarships link. For those appK ing to 
Northwestern State for the first time, the link w ill be at 
the end of the Apply Now process. 

For more information. \ isit and click on the 
Prospective Students link or contact Jana Lucky, director 
of University Recruiting by calling (318) 357-4503 or 
e-mailing luckyj(a 

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Nursing scholarship honors memory of nurse Elaine Holoubek 


Brian Holoubek of Shreveport 
honored the memoiA of his late 
wile by creating an endowed schol- 
arship that will enable a North- 
western State University student to 
follow a career path in nursing. 

I he l-laine Holoubek Memo- 
rial Scholarship in Nursing will be 
presented to a junior or senior le\ el 

student. The two-year scholarship 
will benefit a female student w ith 
a 3.0 or higher grade point average 
and a strong Christian background. 

Mrs. Holoubek passed awa\ in 

For his late w ifc. becoming a 
nurse "was a long-term dream and 
it was something of a struggle to 

live on one income while she was 
in school." he said, but once she 
went to work as a registered nurse 
"she lined e\ery minute of it." Re- 
membering those time inspired him 
to help another promising student 
tultill the goal. "I hope this gi\es 
someone else a chance." 

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Graves Scholarship continues 
legacy of supporting female 

Donations are being accepted by the Northwestern 
State Athletic Association for the Loneta Graves 
Athletic Scholarship for Women honoring a 
longtime Northwestern State employee w ho became the 
first female vice president at the university and whose 
leadership helped create athletic scholarships for intercol- 
legiate women's sports at Northwestern in 1975. 

Graves, 88, passed away Sept. 1 1 , 20 11 . Family 
members, headed by her "adoptive son," Andrew Nahm. 
moved to establish the scholarship to support the univer- 
sity, and an athletics program, that she treasured. 

"I would hope her legacy as an 'institutional mem- 
ory' for Northwestern and active participant in the lives 
and careers in many of its past and current faculty, staff 
and students would be best remembered by giving to this 
scholarship fund that will promote her beliefs through 
sports, women's empowerment and appreciation for their 
own self-awareness in both value, talent and possibili- 
ties," said Nahm. 

Donations can be made by contacting NSU Athletics 
at (318) 357-5251 or by sending a check designated to 
the Loneta Graves Scholarship to NSU Athletics. Athletic 
Fieldhouse, Natchitoches, La. 71457. 

In April 1975, with Graves playing a pivotal role 
working for President Dr. Arnold Kilpatrick. Northwest- 
em State became the first university in Louisiana to issue 
fiill athletic scholarships to women. 

Graves remained an avid supporter of NSU 
athletics, and particularly women's sports, until her 
passing, frequently attending football, basketball, soccer 
and volleyball games and maintaining contact with 
coaches and staff members. 

A Northwestern State alumna. Graves was hired in 
1943 at then Louisiana Normal School as an account 
clerk and was appointed to a position as an accountant 
four years later. She became administrative assistant to 
the dean of administration in 1955, auditor a year later, 
and in 1970, comptroller. Equal Employment Opportu- 
nity officer and director of personnel. 

In 1972, she was named vice president for financial 
and administrative affairs and EEO officer, holding that 
post until retirement in 1977. 

Graves was named vice president emeritus in 1987 
and was awarded an honorary doctorate in 1992. She 
received the President's Distinguished Service Award in 
1998 and was honored by the Graduate N Club with its 
Distinguished Service Award in 2008 for her key role in 
NSU and state athletic history. 

Three generations of a large family with roots in Ascension 
Parish contributed to an endowed financial award that will be 
presented annually to a Northwestern State University student 
struggling to overcome financial hardship. The Dill Family 
Perseverance Award in Education will benefit a senior-level 
student pursuing a degree in Northwestern State's College of 
Education and Human Development with a strong desire to 
become a successful teacher Contributions were presented 
from the family of three sisters and a niece, teachers who at- 
tended Louisiana Normal, as Northwestern State was known 
until 1944. They were sisters Eleanor, Hilda and Detta Dill and 
Betty. The family is pictured circa 1940. 

Justin Cobb of Natchitoches is this 
year's recipient of a PRIDE Indus- 
tries scholarship to benefit students 
with disabilities. He is pursuing a 
degree in Computer Information 
Systems with a minor in business 
administration and maintains a 3.3 
grade point average. He will be 
classified as a senior at the con- 
clusion of the Fall 2011 semester. 
PRIDE Industries is a national en- 
trepreneurial not-for-profit company 
focused on creating opportunities for 
people with disabilities while deliver- 
ing manufacturing and service solu- 
tions to business and government. 

Members of the Natchitoches Board of Realtors presented the 
group's annual scholarship to Natchitoches natives Breanna 
Metoyer and Chad Harris. From left are Jill Bankston, asso- 
ciate director of Development; David Stamey, a member of 
the Natchitoches Board of Realtors; Metoyer, Harris and Mi- 
chele Todtenbier, president of the Natchitoches Board of Real- 
tors. Metoyer and Harris are both sophomore level students 
majoring in accounting. Metoyer maintains a 4.0 grade point 
average. Harris maintains a 3.9 grade point average. They are 
both graduates of Natchitoches Central High School. 

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Athletic News 

30th annual Roper Tournament April 28; Bonnette Tournament May 28 

Dates have been set for the two annual golf tournament/fundraisers, both to be held at Northwestern Hills Golf Course. 

The 30"' annual C hris Roper 
Memorial (iolf lournament will 
take place April 28. Proceeds from 
the tournament fund a scholarship 
for a student in the Health and Hu- 
man Performance program. 0\er 
the years, the event has generated 
enough funds to provide $1,500 per 
semester for the recipient. The tour- 
nament honors the NSU student and 
golfer who was killed over Christmas 
break in 1982. 

The event will begin with lunch 
served at the Northwestern State 
Recreation Complex at 1 1 a.m., 
followed by a 12:30 p.m. tee time. 
Following the tournament, prizes for 
first, second and third places will be 
awarded, along with prizes for the 
longest drive, closest to the hole and 
drawings for door prizes. The entry 
fee is $70 per person, w hich includes 

cart fee, lunch, beverages and green 
fees. Tee sponsorships are available 
for $50 and will be recognized with 

Entry fees can be mailed to Hall 
Adams, NSU Recreation Center, 
Box 5225, Natchitoches, LA 71497. 
Checks should be made payable to 
Chris Roper Memorial Golf Tourna- 
ment. For more information, call 
Adams at (318) 357-6300 or email 

The Northwestern State Foun- 
dation will host the 12th annual 
Coach Buddy Bonnette Memo- 
rial Day Golf Scramble Saturday, 
May 28. The 18-hole scramble for 
four-person teams will start at 9 a.m. 
Prizes will be awarded for the top 
three teams in each of two flights. 
The entry fee is $75 per player or 
$300 per team, which includes green 

fee. golf cart and lunch. Proceeds 
will benefit the Coach Buddy Bon- 
nette Scholarship Fund and the NSU 
men's and women's basketball teams. 

For more information or to 
obtain an entr) form, contact Coach 
Mike McConathy at (318) 357-4274 
or Coach Jennifer Graf at (318) 357- 
5891 . Checks can be made payable to 
the NSU Foundation. 

Sponsorships are also available 
at three levels. A corporate sponsor- 
ship of $500 includes recognition on 
the tournament program. publicit\. 
a printed tee box sign and four golf 
entries into the tournament. A team 
sponsorship of $350 includes rec- 
ognition in the program, printed tee 
box sign and four golf entries in the 
tournament. A tee sponsorship in- 
cludes recognition in the tournament 
program and a printed tee box sign. 

Hall of Famer to participate in Legends Dinner, golf scramble 

'ith Pro Football Hall of Fame tight end Jackie 
Smith and College Football Hall of Fame 
linebacker Gary Reasons headlining the lineup 
of Northwestern State football greats, the NSU Athletic 
Association will host its first Legends Dinner and Golf 
Scramble March 25-26 at Bossier City's 1 lorseshoe Ca- 
sino and the Shreveport Country Club. 

Proceeds from the event go to the Demon Victory 
Fund's initiatives to provide scholarship assistance 
and support to nearly 375 young men and women who 
represent Northwestern State in NCAA Division 1 athlet- 
ics. Securitas USA is a major presenting sponsor of the 
Legends Dinner and Golf Scramble. 

Activities will begin with a dinner at the Horseshoe 
Casino's Riverdomc from 5:30-9:30 p.m. on Sunda\. 
March 25. The Legends Dinner \\ ill feature an open ques- 
tion and answer panel discussion w ith several Ibrmer and 
current NFL players, including Smith, who was inducted 
in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1994, and Reasons, a 
('college Fo(Mball Hall of Fame inductee in 1996. 

Other legends panel participants already confirmed 
are curreni Hufialo Bills starting ofTensive tackle Deme- 
trius Bell, 17-year head coach Sam (ioodwin, 12-year 
NFL veteran olTensi\e lineman Marcus Spears and se\ en- 
year NFL veteran quarterback Craig Nail. 

Tickets lor the Legends Dinner only are $50. while 
participants in the golf toiirnameiit w ill bo ailmiltcil as 
part of their enlr\ fee. 

Registration for the four-man golf scramble w ill 
begin at 1 1 a.m. Monday w ith a 1 p.m. shotgun start. 
Lunches sponsored by Savoie's, owned by fomier Demon 
player Gerald Savoie. will be ser\ ed on the patio at the 
Shreveport Countn, Club beginning at 1 1 :30 a.m. w ith an 
awards presentation follow ing play. 

First, second and third place awards will be given 
for each of three flights. Sponsorship opportunities are 
a\ailable at several le\els from a $5,000 title sponsor lo 
$100 tee sign sponsors. The four-person team entr\- fee 
is $600. 

The e\ent replaces the Joe Delane\ Memorial golf 
scramble, which began in I9S9 in Shrexepori. An award 
honoring an NSU alumnus in the name of Delaney. a 
tw o-sport .All-American for NSU who heroically gave his 
life tiying to sa\e three drowning children in 1983. will 
be presented annuall> during the Legends cNcnt. 

The permanent team captains at NSU receive Joe 
Delaney Leadership Awards each season, and the De- 
mons" spring game, set for .April 5 this year, is the Joe 
Delaney Bow I. ,\ permanent shrine honoring Delaney. 
a Haughton native and a Pro Bow I running back for the 
Kansas City Chiefs, is under the west side grandstand at 
furpin Stadium. 

for more infonnation on the event, sponsorships or 
to register, contact Todd Garzarelli at (318) 357-4295, 
(3 IS) 332-2613. ore-mail <iar/arellit(fl or log 
onto the website. 


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Valda Leigh Barry is 
a retired teacher and 
lives in Logansport. 


Larry Clinton is the 
president and owner 
of Clinton Insurance 
Agency, married and 
lives in Choudrant. 

Marsha Whitford is a 
retired speech-lan- 
guage specialist and 
lives in Shreveport. 


Dr, Barbara LeVearn 
Hyde is employed 
at Southeastern La. 
University-College of 
Nursing as a professor, 
married and lives in 


Beverly Clark Porche 
retired from the La- 
fayette Parish School 
System as the special 
education supervisor. 
She is marhed to John 
Porche ('69) and lives 
in Richmond, Texas. 

John Porche retired 
from the University of 
as the head athletic 
trainer. He is marhed to 
Beverly Clark Porche 
('69) and lives in Rich- 
mond, Texas. 


Mary Cathy Bankston 
DeLee is a retired and 
lives in Ethel. 


Charles Ray Soileau is 
employed by the East 
Baton Rouge pahsh 
recreation and park 
commission as the 
coordinator of sports 
officials. He is marhed 
and lives in Baton 


Dr. Louis Arnold "Budd" 
Cloutier, Jr. is the 
owner/optomethst of 
Cloutier Eye Care, 
married to Vicki Odom 
Cloutier (76) and lives 
in Schriever. 


David Randall Rum- 
below retired from 
greater New Orleans 
Archdiocese as a 
music teacher. He 
is marhed to Sharon 
Rumbelow (75) and 
lives in Kenner. 


Vicki Odom Cloutier is 
the owner/administra- 
tor of Cloutier Eye 
Care, marhed to Louis 
Arnold "Budd" Cloutier, 
Jr. (73) and lives in 

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please visit our website: 
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Edward Clifton Mc- 
Dugle is an economics 
teacher and golf coach 
at White Station High 
School, married and 
lives in Memphis, Tenn. 


Myles Allen Parker is 
the owner of Carroll, 
Warren and Park 
PLLC, Attomeys-at- 
Law in Jackson, Miss, 
and Houston, Texas. 
He is married and lives 
in Madison, Miss. 


Virginia Ann Stuchlik 
Voorhies is a kinder- 
garten teacher at South 
Grant Elementary, 
marhed and lives in 


Omon Fitzgerald 
Hill is the president 
of Arkansas Baptist 
College and was 
recently named a new 
board member of First 
Federal Bancshares. 
He is married and lives 
in Little Rock, Ark. 


Kimberly R. Brewer 
Gaughf is a branch 
manager at Hancock 
Bank, marhed and lives 
in Diberville, Miss. 


Crystal Ann Louviere 
Pierce is a kindergar- 
ten teacher at Fairview 
Alpha, married and 
lives in Natchitoches. 


Joel David Deutser 
is a human resource 
manager for Diabetes 
Management and Sup- 
plies (New Orleans), 
marhed and lives in 


Damian Nikell Johnson 
is a pilot for the 
Louisiana Department 
of Aghculture and For- 
estry, marhed to Tiesha 
Martin Johnson ('11) 
and lives in Zachary. 


Dustin L. Matthews 
is an assistant vice 
president for First 
Federal Bank of Loui- 
siana, married to Kelly 
Brocato Matthews ('03) 
and lives in Alexandria. 


Tiesha Martin Johnson 
is an underwnter 
for the Louisiana 
Worker's Compensa- 
tion Corporation. She 
is married to Damian 
Johnson ('99) and lives 
in Zachary. 

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Marjohe L. delaBretonne Sinclair, Feb. 
7,2011, Hattiesburg, Miss. 

1939 - Mahon C. Waguespack, 
July 11, 2011, Lockport 

1949 -Tom Fore Phillips, 
Dec. 3, 2011, Fisher 

1950 - Thomas Bruce DeKeyzer, 
July 1,2011, Alexandria 

1953 - John B. "Jack" Eichler, 
Jan. 16, 2012, Shreveport 

1954-Dr. Jerry W. lies, 
Sept 1,2010, Natchez, Miss. 

1956 - Carolyn Sue Alexander Young, 
Nov. 1,2011,Alexandna 

1957 - Perry Houston Miers, 
June 22, 2011, Anacoco 

1958 -Mattie Yvonne Coffey, 
Jan. 11,2012, Shreveport 

1961 -Aliene Henniger, 
Nov. 13, 2011, Shreveport 

1961 - Joseph Pathck Martinez, 
Nov. 12, 2011, Baton Rouge 

1989-Dr. MarkA. Colomb, 
March 24, 2011, Jackson, Miss. 

1992 - Sandy Carl Huckabee, 
Jan. 22, 2012,Arkadelphia,Ark. 

"Why I Love 9{S'V 

I grew up with stories of Northwestern. My Aunt Elsie received her lifetime teaching certificate and 
lived Just off campus in a boarding house. The house is still there. My grandmother received her Master 's 
Plus Thirt}- from NSU also. When it came time for me to choose it was Demon s all the way. They had what I 
wanted, ROTC, and a reputation for excellence. 

- Melinda G. West, 1992 

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Alumni News 

Looking bacK 

Miss Betty Jean Kuhn was named Miss Potpourri 1946 by the yearbook staff. She was presented at the third an- 
nual Potpourri Ball with her court of eleven maids. Misses Cade, C.R. Courtney, Ross, Marmande, Callender. Kuhn, 
Seegers, Woodall, Clark, C. Courtney and Anthony. 

Guess Who? 

North western State presented 
a Mardi Gras celebration in 1972, 
with a Mardi Gras court resplendent 
in ehiborate Carnival costumes. 
Can you identify the King and 
Queen of the 1972 Mardi Gras? 
The first five readers who know the 
answer can call the Alumni Center 
at (3 IS) 357-4414 and win a prize. 

Featured in the Winter 201 1 
Guess Who were Family and Con- 
sumer Sciences students Bonnie 
Moran. Donna Myers. Tanya Fair, 
Karen Boudreaux. Patricia Knight, 
Betty Simmons, Nancy Pierce and 
Jacque Reed. 

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Athletic Reunions 

An all-time Demon Baseball Alumni Weekend will be 
held March 30-Aprll 1 , an event that will coincide with 
the Natchitoches Jazz/R & B Festival. It's the first time 
that all NSU baseball alumni will stage a joint reunion 
with a special salute to the 2002 Southland Conference 
championship team on its 10th anniversary. 

Any former Demon baseball players, coaches or staff 
are welcome to contact Haley Blount at the Alumni 
Association at (318) 357-4414. For more details or to 
register, visit or northwesternalumni. 

A reunion of the 2002 Men's Outdoor Track and Field 
team that won the Southland Conference champion- 
ship will be April 5-6. 

A reunion of the 2002 Lady Demon Softball NCAA 
Tournament team will also be staged in spring 2012. 

Members of those teams, coaches or staff are encour- 
aged to contact Blount at the Alumni Association (318) 
357-4414 and to check for details. 

Interested persons can register for either reunion at 

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